Geneva Letterman Association Scholarship recipients announced

The 2017 recipients of the Geneva Letterman Association Scholarship are pictured with Letterman Association members Doug Montgomery (left) and Dave Snyder (third from right) who presented the awards. The Geneva High School seniors are (from left) Derek Cowles, Amy Varckette, Asia Dudik and Ryan Watts.

GENEVA — Geneva High School graduates Asia Dudik, Amy Varckette, Ryan Watts and Derek Cowles are the 2017 recipients of the Geneva Letterman Scholarship. 

“The winners were selected from a pool of 35 well-qualified applicants based on participation in sports, academic achievement and community and school involvement,” Letterman Association member Doug Montgomery said. “They must attend a school of higher learning, and maintain a “C” average in their first quarter or semester to receive their $1,000 award.”

Dudik was a four-year letter winner on the Lady Eagles Soccer Team, and a two-year letter winner on both the Track Team and the Swim Team where she was a District Qualifier. She served as Key Club Secretary and is a National Honor Society member. 

Dudik was a four-year Geneva Rotary Breakfast of Champions honoree. She will attend the University of Akron where she will study mechanical engineering / aerospace systems. Her long term career goal is to work for NASA and applying to the Astronaut Program. She is the daughter of Dan and Mary Dudik.

Varckette was a four-year letter winner, district qualifier and Ashtabula County Player of the Year in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons on the Lady Eagles Tennis Team, where she holds the record for the most career wins. She also earned three varsity letters in track. 

She was one of two delegates to represent Geneva High School at the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Conference and is a member of National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was Geneva’s head majorette. 

Varckette will attend Slippery Rock University where she will be a member of the tennis team and will study biology. She plans to become a chiropractor. She is the daughter of Steve and Tonia Varckette.

Watts was a four-year letter winner in Cross Country winning the Coach’s Award, and a three-year letter winner on the Eagles Track squad. He was active in Marching Geneva, Concert Band and Jazz Band, serving as a section leader. 

He performed in the One Act Plays and was a counselor at Camp Whitewood. He is a two-year National Honor Society member serving as treasurer. Watts will study mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University. He is the son of Karen DeMichele and Norman Watts.

Cowles was a four-year letterman and district qualifier for the Eagles in Track and a record holder in the 4x100 relay. He was also a three-year letterman in football. He was a four-time Geneva Rotary Breakfast of Champions honoree, and was a section leader in choir. 

He performed in a leading role in the GHS Thespians Production of “The Sound of Music.” Cowles, the son of Jason Cowles and Renee Reigert, plans to attend Miami University where he will study pre-medicine.

Membership in the Geneva Letterman Association is open to Eagle athletes who are 25-year alumni and who earned at least one letter from a Geneva, Austinburg or Spencer school sponsored sport or cheerleading. For more information, visit There are no membership fees.

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